I Have a Dream….come true

From the acceptance speech of President Barack Obama:

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America — I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you — we as a people will get there.”

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Steve Sack
, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Fox News: Sarah Palin Unaware Africa Is A Continent

Now that the 2008 election is over, reporters are spilling all the juiciest, and previously off the record, gossip from the campaign trail. Much of it is about the infighting between Palin and McCain’s staff, as Newsweek’s treasure trove of post-election gossip reveals. However, perhaps one of the most astounding and previously unknown tidbits about Sarah Palin has to do with her already dubious grasp of geography.

According to Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Carl Cameron, there was great concern within the McCain campaign that Palin lacked “a degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate, a vice president, a heartbeat away from the presidency,” in part because she didn’t know which countries were in NAFTA, and she “didn’t understand that Africa was a continent, rather than a series, a country just in itself.”

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The Biggest Winners & Losers Tuesday

The obvious winners are Barack Obama, Congressional Democrats, all the volunteers that worked hard to make this dream a reality and the progressives that wanted this change so badly.

Politico has highlighted the winners and losers of this campaign election.  I agree that the verdict on the victors will come not from a single night of election returns but from the actions the winners take to remedy the nation’s economic ills and extricate it from two long and costly wars.


President Bush. The  worst President in history.  The debt, deregulation, the two wars, and his unpopularity helped doom John McCain who voted for Bush policies 90% of the time.

Steve Schmidt. McCain’s main strategist was brought in after a shake-up to hammer Obama hard every day, and he did that with gusto, hatching the highly effective “Celebrity” ad equating Obama with Paris Hilton. Schmidt’s mid-campaign testosterone boost turned off independents, young voters and women. Meanwhile, the base never believed the Arizona senator was one of their own – even when Schmidt succeeded in persuading McCain to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Rudy Giuliani. America’s mayor began the year as the Republican front-runner by making the case for the big-tent GOP approach. He ended it as a caustic Republican attack dog at a time when GOP partisanship has turned off the very independents Giuliani initially attracted.

Bill Kristol. The former Republican White House aide-turned-New York Times columnist was one of the loudest voices in favor of invading Iraq. And he was among the first to suggest Palin could be McCain’s savior. It proved to be a brilliant move. For about two weeks.

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Schiliro Will Head Up Obama’s Legislative Affairs Team

Roll Call

Veteran Congressional aide Phil Schiliro will head up President-elect Obama’s legislative affairs transition effort, the transition office announced today, and he is expected to become the new administration’s White House legislative affairs director, several senior Democratic sources confirmed.

Schiliro, who has been serving as Obama’s chief conduit to Capitol Hill since July 2007, most recently served as the senior aide to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). While most White House legislative affairs directors have hailed from K Street, Obama turned to the Hill – keeping with his pledge to purge the influence of lobbyists from his administration.

Schiliro has a long tenure on Capitol Hill. In addition to spending years on the House side with Waxman, he also worked in the Senate for then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle (S.D.).

“One of the most important things in the office of legislative affairs at the White House is that the person is of significant stature so that Members don’t feel they need to talk to someone else, too,” such as the president’s chief of staff or a Cabinet official, this source said.

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CNN: Global Celebrations Over Obama Victory

The world reacts to the news that Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States.

Persona non grata

Bush congratulates Obama on ‘awesome night’

“Mr President-elect, congratulations to you. What an awesome night for you, your family and your supporters. Laura and I called to congratulate you and your good bride,” she quoted Bush as telling Obama.

“I promise to make this a smooth transition. You are about to go on one of the great journeys of life. Congratulations and go enjoy yourself,” Bush told Obama, she said.

The president also invited Obama and his family “to visit the White House soon, at their convenience,” Perino said.

As voters go to polls to pick his successor, George W. Bush hits new low in approval rating

As Americans are turning out to the polls in record numbers, Bush’s approval rating, according to the latest CBS News tracking poll, has dipped to 20%, the lowest ever recorded for a president. His disapproval rating of 72% matches his all-time high, reached last month.

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How high was the turnout?


2008 turnout shatters all records

More than 130 million people turned out to vote Tuesday, the most ever to vote in a presidential election. 

With ballots still being counted in some precincts into Wednesday morning, an estimated 64 percent of the electorate turned out, making 2008 the highest percentage turnout in generations. 

In 2004, 122.3 million voted in what was then the highest recorded turnout in the contest between President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.).  


“I’m sorry about that..”

Raw Story

Speaking to reporters in Arizona, Sarah Palin said she was sorry if she cost John McCain any votes but that people shouldn’t give her that much credit.

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Well, it looks like there is still more to come out soon regarding that $150,000 shopping spree…  H/T: Gregg

An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

“A new dawn of American leadership”..

Last night I was witness to something I will never forget as long as I live..

President Barack Obama’s Election Night remarks:

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.”

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The complete text of the speech:

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I Have A Dream That Our Time For Change Has Come

As I watched the historical event of Barack Obama become President last night, the first thing that came to mind is Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I have a dream.”

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

Though I can only appreciate this speech from watching old films; I was just as moved last night, as I was the first time I watched Martin Luther King Jr. deliver this heartfelt speech. It brings me great hope, that as a nation, we have once again proved, we can live up to our ideals. That we can achieve the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. and so many others – who have fought so valiantly – envisioned that our country could be.

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